former Chief of the Division of Coastal Surveys, retires on
May 1, 1947, after more than 32 years with the Coast and Geodetic
Commander Eyman was born in Columbus, Ohio, and received his
education at the elementary and high schools of that place,
and graduated from Ohio State University with the degree of
Civil Engineer in June 1914. He is a member of Sigma XI, Society
of American Military Engineers, and the Army and Navy Club
On June 22, 1914, Commander Eyman entered on duty with this
Bureau and his first assignment was in Portland, Maine, on
wire drag surveys. He has been engaged on many types of surveying
activities not only in the coastal waters of the Atlantic
and Pacific Oceans, but in such distant areas as the Philippine
Islands and Alaska. In connection with his duties in the Philippines
aboard the Ships FATHOMER and MARINDUQUE he prepared an article
on one of his experiences for the Naval Institute Proceedings,
entitled "Riding Out a Philippine Typhoon." He received special
commendation in connection with his experience during the
hurricane of 1938 while in command of the Ship LYDONIA located
at New London, Connecticut for his seamanship and alertness
which spared this ship the disaster which overtook so many
other craft in the stricken area.
Commander Eyman served throughout 1930 as Supervisor, Northwestern
District, at Seattle, Washington. He has been on duty at the
Washington Office since January 1940, and served as Chief
of Hydrography Section from March 1940 to March 1941, Assistant
Chief of the Division of Coastal Surveys from April 1941 to
September 1945, and Chief of the Division from October 1945
to December 1946. Upon retirement, Commander Eyman will become
a member of the faculty of George Washington University.
Buzzard, No. 17, 5/1/1947
Raymond P. Eyman who retired in 1947, died in Washington, D.C.
area on February 2, 1975. He had resided in Washington, D.C.
since his retirement. Commander Eyman joined the Coast and Geodetic
Survey in 1914 as a Deck Officer, serving as an aid and Junior
Hydrographic and Geodetic Engineer until designated a Lieutenant,
junior grade in 1920. He was a graduate in civil engineering
from Ohio State University. He served nearly all of his career
through 1939 in field on ships or sea-related duty including
duty in Alaska, the Philippines, and the continental coasts.
Commander Eyman served in the Washington office from 1940, and
was a licensed marine master, any tonnage.
Following retirement, Commander Eyman became a professor
of civil engineering at George Washington University, teaching
there for approximately 10 years. He then taught at Catholic
University for over another 10 years span, finally retiring
from his teaching career in 1968.
NOAA Corps Bulletin, 2/1/1975